Welcome to the first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) conference on General Education to be held in Doha, Qatar on October 15th 2015. The theme of the conference is:
General Education in the 21st Century: A Paradigm Shift
Qatar University Core Curriculum Program, in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) www.aacu.org, is organizing this conference to initiate a discussion of General Education reform in the MENA region. The goal is to promote high quality research on General Education pedagogy in and for the region.
The AAC&U, the leading association dedicated to improving the quality of undergraduate education in the U.S., has recognized the vital role of collaboration with international partners in ensuring that undergraduate students around the world are better able to meet the changing and complex challenges of the 21st century. In order to facilitate the development of best practices in different parts of the world, an effective model of general education must be established that is regionally distinct and takes into account the unique needs and sensitivities of the region which it serves, while striving to maintain the highest standards of education in global context.
Our conference, the first of its kind in the MENA region, aims to address the fundamental starting point of collaboration on General Education, which forms the foundation of undergraduate education in the 21st century. Through exposure to international best practices when it comes to General Education, our current and future students will learn to understand, respect, and implement the core values of general education: critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, analytical thinking, inquiry and problem-solving.
Our mandate is to create a forum for the participants to:
- Align General Education practice in the MENA to global high impact strategies;
- Update General Education core values understanding that is grounded in evidence from MENA Universities;
- Build mutually supportive relationships with other universities in the MENA region;
- Test the feasibility and desirability of formalizing additional networks of scholars and experts on General Education in the MENA;
- Explore ways to disseminate high impact strategies and pedagogies in General Education;
- Provide participants with a toolkit to integrate effective General Education into the curriculum.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you in Doha, Qatar in October 2015!